Michael Saunders set career highs with three homers and eight runs batted in as the Toronto Blue Jays blew routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 on Friday night.
BALTIMORE — Michael Saunders set career highs with three homers and eight runs batted in as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-3 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Hours after Toronto put outfielder Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left big toe, Saunders carried an offense that has been bludgeoning the baseball world the past week.
Saunders connected with two on against Mike Wright (3-4) in the first inning, added another three-run drive off Wright in the fourth and went deep against Ubaldo Jimenez with a man on in the sixth.
“I think my hitting is all about getting a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it,” Saunders said. “I thought that’s what I did tonight.”
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Batting in the eighth inning against T.J. McFarland and with the chance to tie the major-league record of four homers in a game, Saunders bounced into a bases-loaded double play.
That did little to ruin Saunders’ finest game in the big leagues since he debuted with Seattle in 2009. He raised his home-run total for the season to 15, second-most in his career behind the 19 he hit for the Mariners in 2012.
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